April 23, 2023

In this post, my friend Andrew Wood poses a key question for every dad to consider. Which one are you? —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men… Frederick Douglass I recently came across this quote from Frederick Douglass and was amazed at the simple, yet profound truth these few words offer. Douglass wasn’t arguing for a culture or practice that chooses to not repair ‘broken’ men. Instead, he was pointing out the importance of... Read more

March 26, 2023

Good Fathers Reach Out to the Fatherless God truly cares about the fatherless.  Depending on which Biblical translation you read, the word “fatherless” is mentioned over 40 times.  In fact, in Psalms 68:5, God is described as the “father to the fatherless.” Moreover, Deuteronomy 10:18 says that God “defends the cause of the fatherless.”  Therefore, it certainly stands to reason that if God, the ultimate Good Father whom every dad should use as a model, cares so deeply about the... Read more

March 22, 2023

The year was 1976. I was sitting in high school history class at the all-boys Catholic high school I attended in Toledo, Ohio. On most days, I may have been daydreaming about playing football. But the lesson on this particular day was the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision. I was all ears. You see, I was the only black kid in the class, so you can imagine things got a little awkward… for me and for the teacher who was giving... Read more

April 10, 2022

Years ago, I read a Christianity Today article that featured an interview with pastor and author John Piper, giving his thoughts about the importance of reconciliation. This interview provided some excellent insights into one of the 6 things good dads do.  At the end of the interview, he talked about how his son walked away from the Christian faith at 19-years-old.  He said: “I was pursuing him constantly…emailing every day almost, taking him to lunch every time he came back... Read more

March 13, 2022

Number 4 – Good Dads are Spiritually Involved Recently, I was reading about the increase in the number of people who want to climb Mount Everest.  Apparently, this has become a very big business as thrill-seekers, young and old, experienced and novice, covet the opportunity to put their bodies and minds to the ultimate test.  After all, Mount Everest, which is located in the Himalayas on the border between China and Nepal, is the earth’s highest mountain with its peak... Read more

August 15, 2021

    Number 3 – Good Dads are Emotionally Available Be honest, when you think of the word “nurture” in the context of parenting, who comes to mind?  If you are like most people the answer is “mom.” That’s understandable because the origin of the word nurture is “to feed or provide nourishment,” which, of course, brings to mind the image of a mother breastfeeding her newborn. Also, most of the time when people talk about nurturing it’s in the... Read more

May 5, 2021

Number 2 – Good Dads Are Physically Present Most fathers that I speak with understand that they need to financially provide for their children.  Providing is such a well-understood aspect of fathering that often dads are just referred to as a “provider.”  In fact, I often tell people that the only way that the government tends to think about dads is in this way.  Alas, while there are a plethora of programs for women focused on maternal health and child... Read more

March 8, 2021

Number 1 – Good Dads Know the Power of Affirmation Several years ago, I was preparing to speak about fatherhood at a men’s prayer breakfast and I wasn’t quite sure what to say.  I needed a fresh word from God.  So, I started thumbing through my Bible and came across Matthew 3:13-17 through 4:1.  Check out what it said below: Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him,... Read more

January 31, 2021

A colleague of mine recently told me about an incident that happened in her daughter’s college classroom. The professor of a public speaking class, who had made it very clear that he is anti-Christian and pro-choice when it comes to unborn babies in the womb, decided to do an “experiment” in class. He asked the class to stand on one side of the room if they believe that women’s rights are human rights. Of course, everyone in the class went... Read more

December 27, 2020

As I write this, our nation faces a time of great social unrest and political division. We are challenged to state publicly with our words and on social media what matters.  But for too many, a person’s hashtag has become the litmus test for determining the value of their perspective and worth as a person. My heart breaks when I consider family ties, long-standing friendships, and even church congregations frayed and divided over three words. For some, these words are... Read more

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